Washington Eases Covid-19 Restrictions – Opens State Lands and Limited Fishing

Washington Governor Jay Inslee addressing citizens from his office during the Covid-19 pandemic

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that state lands, including state parks, recreational fishing, and hunting will slowly begin to open on May 5th.

In response to increasing Covid-19 cases and deaths, fishing in Washington was shut down in early March, leaving many anglers to watch the traditional late April lowland lake and river opener come and go.

While you may be able to get out on the water and swing those flies, we’re not back to business as usual yet. 

Here's what you need to know

View the full list of Covid-19 related updates from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife here.

Being outside is a way of life here in the Pacific Northwest. We’re excited to see some of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, but to keep recreation open, we all need to do our part to follow the rules and stay safe.

Two weeks before fishing was shut down, I had one hell of a trout run on Kokanee Lake. I was the only person on the water and I landed 8 fighting Rainbows. I’m excited to continue the streak and land a few more.


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